About me

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My name is Shiling Liang1. I am currently a PhD student at the Laboratory of Statistical Biophysics, EPFL. Before I started my PhD, I obtained M.Sc. in Physics at EPFL and B.Sc. in Physics from Beijing Normal University and the University of Manchester (joint program).

My main research interest is on non-equilibrium thermodynamics and its application to biochemical systems. During my master and beginning of PhD, I was investigating how a temperature gradient can break symmetries in both chemical and real space, which may lead to the origin of life. Recently, I am trying to understand the thermodynamic cost to break symmetries in biochemical systems.

I am also interests in stochastic thermodynamics and all kinds of thermodynamic bounds.

Apart from research, I spent my casual time on photography. You can find my photos on 500px.

Always open for discussion and collaboration.


2022.12.26 Our preprint, Universal thermodynamic bounds on symmetry breaking in biochemical systems, is avilable on arXiv!
2022.11.23 Our paper, Emergent thermophoretic behavior in chemical reaction systems, is accepted by the New Journal of Physics.
2022.11.04 I get the JSPS fellowship for research in Japan, and will visit Simone Pigolotti’s group at OIST from Jan. to Jun. 2023.
2022.10.26 I will attend the (Post)Modern Thermodynamics Workshop at Luxembourg from 5-9 Dec. 2022.

Selected Publication


Universal thermodynamic bounds on symmetry breaking in biochemical systems

S. Liang, P. De Los Rios & D. M. Busiello
arXiv 2212.12074 (2022)

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Network geometry reveals universal thermodynamic bounds in various of biochemical systems, ranging from the error rate of kinetic proofreading to the contrast of reaction-diffusion pattern.


Emergent thermophoretic behavior in chemical reaction systems

S. Liang, D. M. Busiello & P. De Los Rios
New Journal of Physics 24 123006 (2022)
Poster | Summary

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Thermophoresis can emerge from reaction-diffusion system. Favouring cold or hot regions depends on the correlation between transport properties and energies.


Dissipation-driven selection of states in non-equilibrium chemical networks

D. M. Busiello, S. Liang, F. Piazza & P. De Los Rios
Communication Chemistry 4 16 (2021)

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Chemical reaction network with kinetic asymmetry can harvest thermal energy to break symmetry in chemical space.

  1. How to pronounce my name: Shiling (given name) Liang (family name).